As I sit here on June 16th, 2016, I physically resemble my 24-year-old self. However, that could not be further from how I currently feel. Today I am a child again, an 11-year-old boy, who is super impatient and hyper. Why you ask? Well today ends 13 years of waiting as at 7PM, movie theatres across the country will begin screening Finding Dory.
I can say with absolute certainty that people my age are perhaps the most excited for this movie. Excuse my sappiness, but isn’t that beautiful? When we see the advertisements for this and most other Disney/animated films we know we aren’t their key demographic anymore. Life has become a lot more complex than those days long ago when we ran around the playground.
Yet, while we may not live the carefree life of a child anymore the child inside us never dies. It yearns to get out and remind us how cheerful and lighthearted life can be when we let ourselves detach from our issues for a while. For me, no other experience instills this feeling quite like watching a kid’s movie does. Think about it, for that short amount of time you’re in theatres (or at home) watching doesn’t everything seem to melt away? Problems don’t matter, thoughts of work or the upcoming week can wait. In that moment all that matters are your emotions and to me that’s beautiful.
You aren’t thinking ahead, you are present in that moment and react as you watch. It’s as if these films give us back our innocence for a few hours, free from stressful distractions and trivial, everyday concerns. Imagine Dory just happily chanting “Just keep swimming” or when Stitch finally says “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten”. Too often we forget what it was like to be that young, and in turn we forget some of the lessons we were taught as well. To be able to relearn these lessons and feelings is a blessing; a blessing that I wouldn’t get nearly as often if it weren’t for these movies, be them sequels of movies from my childhood or original stories.
So if you’re like me and beyond excited for Finding Dory and a bunch of the other children’s films that come out yearly I hope this rang true for you. If you are someone who doesn’t like turning out to see one, it’s my hope that I was able to persuade at least one person to give it a shot. Just because the body grows older, doesn’t mean we have to leave the child within us behind completely. Don’t be afraid to be a kid once in a while!
Don’t forget, go to the movies!
P.S. I found this quote from the man behind the mouse after writing this post, and it couldn’t fit more perfectly here.
“I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether he be six or sixty. Call the child innocence.” – Walt Disney